Community Partners

Shalem:  The Jewish Wellness Initiative of the PJCC

Jewish tradition has a great deal to offer anyone who seeks wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. Judaism’s wisdom, teachings, and practices support us to live flourishing, resourced, integrated, resilient lives with a joyful sense of balance and well-being. From ancient teachings to modern-day practices, we are encouraged to cultivate qualities— such as gratitude, joy, and thoughtful reflection— to enhance our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. 

Embodied Jewish Learning partnered with the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in the conception and creation of Shalem: Jewish Wellness Initiative of the PJCC, which has recieved the Kol Ha Kavod JCC Association Biennial Excellence Award.

Subscribe to our podcasts on Itunes or listen here for monthly meditations and embodied practices related to Middot/Character Traits. 

Join us for Cultivating Equanimity on May 10-12 offered by PJCC, APJCC and Embodied Jewish Learning, co-sponsored by the Osher Marin JCC.



Institute for Jewish Spirituality

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Educating for a Jewish Spiritual Life

Julie serves on faculty, with Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appel, Larry Schwartz and Rabbi Sam Feinsmith, for this three-year pilot for educators, staff, administrators, and youth at select Jewish day schools and summer camps. EJSL applies Jewish mindfulness practice to the project of Jewish teaching and learning by cultivating mindful Jewish educators and camp staff, revitalizing Jewish life for youth and adults at the selected pilot sites, and improving institutional culture.  Participating pilot sites include:

  • URJ Camp Eisner, Massachusetts

  • Camp Ramah, Northern California

  • Ramah Outdoor Adventure, Colorado

  • Jewish Community Day School, Massachusetts

  • Community Day School, Pennsylvania

  • Temple Israel of Hollywood Day School, California


Hazon - Isabella Freedman Retreat Center


Torah Yoga Summer Retreat - Tasting the Tree of Life

Jul 23, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018  

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

With Diane Bloomfield, Nancy Wolfson, and Julie Emden

Eating in community is a central part of Jewish practice and celebration. Rabbi Nachman teaches that Torah can teach us how to eat. In this retreat we will taste how eating together builds community as we take our Torah study together “to the table,” literally through dail Torah study, yoga practice, and onscious eating sessions. We will expand the concept of eating through awareness of the ways we are nourished by our study, breath, movements, yoga, and each other.


At The Well

Check out Embodied Jewish Learning's collaboration with At the Well and Rabbi Sarah Tasman in the creation of this Yoga for Passover Resource (p. 10) for the month of Nissan, used by Well Circles all over the world.